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Exclusive Interview with Acclaimed Music Producer Motiff

by Andres

There’s no dream bigger for a producer than to hear the words “It’s number one!.” That was the case for Motiff. He’s the co-producer behind Gloria Estefan’s number one hit “Hotel Nacional.” He’s signed to Pitbulls Mr. 305 inc and when talking to Motiff I could tell that the sky was the limit for him. Check out below my full interview with him and follow me on Twitter @AndresWalters for my upcoming interviews and personal tweets.

You co-produced a song for Gloria Estefan, what was your reaction when you heard that it was number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Song charts?

“It’s hard to put into words. I was jumping around the living room. I couldn’t believe I had a record on the charts. To not just have it on the charts, but for it to be number one….that’s an amazing feeling. “

Do you hope to work with her again?

“I’ve been a fan of hers for years. So I definitely do look forward to working with her again soon.”

You’re signed to Mr. 305 Inc, what’s it like working with Pitbull?

“It’s one of those experiences I will never forget. I started off working on the road with him, and I got to go to places like Europe and Tokyo. I got to see how much people gravitate toward someone like Pit. Then when we got off the road around 2009-2010 we went straight into the studio.”

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through all of this?

“Be the hardest worker you can be. Hard work, and perseverance. I would pull all nighters until I was happy with the content and work that I was producing.”

Has being in the spotlight affected you in any way?

“If it has affected me its been for the good. I have the hunger to be better, to make better music and make it touch more people.”

You know recently Whitney Houston passed away and she’s been someone who’s been fighting addiction publicly for the past 10 years. How do you keep yourself from going down that path?

“It’s all about checking yourself. I want to be a good example and someone everyone can look up to. It all comes down to values and being strong minded.”

Are there any collaborations that you can tell us about that you’re working on right now?

“Yeah, I just wrapped up a remix for La Bomba by Daddy Yankee. I also have records in the works with him and Red one.”

Is there anyone you hope to collaborate with one day?

“You know the list is soo long, because there’s so much talent out there so it’s hard to narrow it down to just one.”

Would you want to stay in the Latin Market or do you hope to move into the American Top 40 market?

“Can’t lie, I can’t stay away from my Latin roots, but moving in the American Top 40 market is transition that’s definitely going to happen.”

What inspired you to do this?

“This is what I’ve wanted to do since day one. It’s funny because the first letter I ever wrote to Santa was a picture of what I wanted to do, and this was it. This is something I feel I was built for. When I was little I always remembered I would get in trouble because I would brake the crayons and grab the toy blocks and pretend they were a drum set.”

Who are you looking forward to see a Premios Lo Nuestro?

“You know it’s funny because I’ve been working with Daddy Yankee, but I’ve never actually met him in person so I’m excited to meet him in person at the award show. I’m also excited to see Pitt perform and El Cata. I remember watching this award show at home, and it’s a crazy awesome feeling that I’m actually going to be there watching it live.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“As a pioneer. I want to be the first producer to be able to fully do Spanish and English. I want to be able to produce Pop music, Ballads, Hip Hop and much more. I want to have the widest reach, I want to be able to reach where there’s no radios.”

What do you want people to take away from your music?

“An emotional connection. I want to be able to produce dance music that will make people dance their ass off, and music that will help them get through a heartbreak. It’s all about emotion.”